Sometimes you just have a hankering for Southern cuisine and, when you do and when you’re in New York City, you head to Bo’s Kitchen and Bar Room. Bo’s, located on West 24th Street, is a cozy spot headed by Chef Todd Mitgang and Chef Alex Pirani. The two men have designed a space that is relaxed and fun, yet still retains a level of sophistication that New Yorkers have come to expect. Add, a well-curated menu of Southern-inspired (Louisiana to be exact) cooking, you’re in heaven.
Bo’s churns out expertly crafted plates that not only delight the stomach, but the eyes as well. The beautifully presented food is intentionally served this way as to keep the restaurant away from the sloppiness Southern cooking’s image can sometimes conjure. Bo’s offers a nice menu with a plethora of options. You might find oysters and clams next to alligator and crispy beignets. Pork belly served with smoked cabbage is a nice dish due to the fact that it’s braised with coconut and cola. We dined on the delicious Louisiana spiced red fish and pink snapper – which were superb. Next time, we might choose the buttermilk braised fried chicken or the shrimp étouffée with cheesy grits. Those grits are definitely something to write home about.
What’s nice about Bo’s is that it’s all about the food. You can tell that a good deal of thought and time have been put into creating and executing the menu. It’s not everyday you come across real Louisiana cooking that is as good as it is next to the bayou. But, at Bo’s, that’s exactly what you’ll find.